Mango: Strike contingency plan in place to avoid disruptions

2014-01-24 13:17
Johannesburg - Low-cost airline Mango says it is committed to resolving a wage dispute with its pilots after receiving a certificate of their intent to strike, issued on Friday morning.

Mango spokesperson Hein Kaizer said, “Should industrial action take place, Mango has contingency plans ready to manage any possible disruption to our service.”

Fin24 reports Solidarity said its application follows a deadlock in negotiations.

“Mango has and will continue to honour its side of the salary agreements,”  Kaiser said

The airline states it has fully complied with the existing salary agreements with the pilot body, reached in 2011 and 2012, to bring Mango pilot salaries in line with those of other domestic low cost carrier, such as the former 1 Time and semi-full service line Comair’s brands over a 3-year period ending end-2014. 

"Mango salaries are already comparable to those of carriers such as SA Airlink, SA Express and pending new LCC entrants into the South African Market, but logically trails that of SAA and Comair, both of which carry International full service Premium Brands that count amongst the oldest globally," Kaiser said.

“The expectation of wage parity between different businesses and models is tantamount to saying that quick-serve restaurants are able to match sous chef pay grades at five star restaurants.”

Analysts reportedly believe Kulula’s pilots are not a perfect comparison to Mango pilots, given that Kulula pilots work for Comair and also fly for the full-cost brand British Airways.

Mango pilots, in comparison, do not fly for South African Airways.

Solidarity, which represents about 96% of Mango’s pilots, is meeting with its members following the issue of the strike certificate to confirm its mandate.


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